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Dr James Cheshire is a geographer with a passion for London and big data. His award-winning maps have appeared in the Guardian and the Financial Times as well as on his popular blog, Mapping London. James is currently a lecturer at University College London and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 2017, he was awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Cuthbert Peek Award in recognition of his work 'advancing geographical knowledge through the use of mappable Big Data' Oliver Uberti is a visual journalist, designer, and the recipient of many awards for his information graphics and art direction. From 2003 to 2012, he worked in the design department of National Geographic, most recently as Senior Design Editor. He has a design studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Brady Udall is the author of Letting Loose the Hounds and, most recently, The Lonely Polygamist. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Playboy, GQ and Esquire, and his stories and essays have been featured on National Public Radio's This American Life. He teaches in the MFA program at Boise State University, and lives in Boise, Idaho and Teasdale, Utah with his wife and children.
Jenny Uglow writes on literature, art, and social history. Her books include award-winning biographies of Elizabeth Gaskell, William Hogarth and Thomas Bewick, as well as a study of Sarah Losh, a surprising Victorian architect and visionary,and group studies including The Lunar Men and the panoramic In These Times: Living in Britain through Napoleon’s Wars, 1793-1815. She is now writing on Edward Lear. Jenny lives in Canterbury, and has four grown up children and seven grandchildren. She was created an OBE in 2008, and was Chair of the Royal Society of Literature 2014-2016.
Fred Uhlman, born in Stuttgart in 1901, claimed that his South-West German homeland of Württemberg, made him a "romantic" for life and formed the essence of his sensibilities as a poet. Understandable since it was also the home of Schiller, Hölderlin, Mörike, Weiland, Uhland, Schlegel, Hegel, Schelling and Herman Hesse. Uhlman's name is not out of place among these, and the beauty of that birthplace illuminates every line of his stunning fictional memoir Reunion. He died in 1985.
Volker Ullrich is a historian and journalist whose previous books include biographies of Bismarck and Napoleon, as well as a major study of Imperial Germany, The Nervous Superpower 1871—1918. From 1990 to 2009, Ullrich was the editor of the ‘Political Book’ review section of the influential weekly newspaper, Die Zeit. On publication in Germany in 2013, Hitler: Ascent 1889—1939 became a top ten bestseller.
Abigail Ulman was born and raised in Melbourne. She has a BA in Creative Arts from the University of Melbourne/VCA and was a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University. This is her first book.
Kaye Umansky was born in Plymouth, Devon. She taught in London primary schools for twelve years, specializing in music and drama. She now lives in north London with her husband and teenage daughter. She is the author of the popular Pongwiffy books.
Beth Underdown lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester. Her first novel, The Witchfinder's Sister, is based on the life of the 1640s witchfinder Matthew Hopkins. Beth's interest in seventeenth-century England was sparked by the work of her great-uncle David Underdown, one of that period's foremost historians. She came across a brief mention of Matthew Hopkins while reading a book about midwifery, igniting an interest which turned into an all-consuming hunt for the truth about this infamous killer.
David Underdown is Professor of History at Yale University. He was born at Wells, Somerset, and educated at Wells Blue Coat School and Exeter College, Oxford. He is the author of Revel, Riot and Rebellion (1985) and other books and articles on seventeenth-century English history.
Loung Ung's debut memoir, First They Killed My Father, was an international bestseller. It is now being made into a film which will be co-written and directed by Angelina Jolie Pitt. Loung Ung is also the author of After They Killed Our Father: A refugee from the killing fields reunites with the sister she left behind. As an author, lecturer, and activist, she has dedicated twenty years to promoting equality, human rights, and justice in her native land and worldwide. She has lectured widely to schools, universities and corporations on Cambodia, child soldiers, women and war, and landmines. She currently lives in the US.
Lisa Unger left a career in publishing to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time author. Her first book, Beautiful Lies, became a New York Times bestseller and was sold to 20 countries in heated auctions. Sliver of Truth is the highly anticipated follow-up. Lisa lives in Florida with her husband and their daughter.
Craig Unger is the author of the New York Times bestselling House of Bush, House of Saud. He appears frequently as an analyst on CNN, the ABC Radio Network, and other broadcast outlets. The former deputy editor of The New York Observer and editor-in-chief of Boston Magazine, he has written for The New Yorker, Esquire, and Vanity Fair. He lives in New York City.
Dan always loved drawing. Before he went to school he was already having art lessons, so he learnt to draw before he learnt to read. He studied in his native Romania and went on to be a concept artist for animation companies and illustrated a book of poetry for children. He is a recent graduate from the prestigious MA in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. Nara and the Island is his author-illustrator debut, for which he was a Runner-up in the V&A Illustration Award in 2015.
Chika Unigwe was born in Nigeria and now lives in Belgium with her husband and four children. She is an award-winning short story writer and the author of two novels, written in Dutch. On Black Sisters' Street was published by Jonathan Cape in 2009.
The United Kingdom Bartenders' Guild was founded in 1933 by a small committee of bartenders. Since then it has grown into a national organization divided into regional areas, and with a global network of branches. The UKBG is also a founder member of The International Bartenders Association with delegates from Denmark, Switzerland, Great Britain, Holland, Italy and Sweden. Find their website at www.pjwdesign.co.uk/ukbg/.
Dean Unkefer is a former agent with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the world-famous quiz show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire. The questions test contestants to the limit as they gamble their way through each round and only nine people have ever managed to answer all 15 questions and win the coveted prize. As the TV show hits our screens again this winter, you can take on the ultimate test at home with Who Wants to be a Millionaire - The Quiz Book. Find out once and for all - could you play the game and walk home with a million?
Tove Jansson was born in Helsingfors, Finland, in 1914. Her mother was a caricaturist who designed 165 of Finland's stamps and her father was a sculptor. She studied painting in Finland, Sweden and France, and subsequently became a book illustrator. Her extraordinary illustrative style is seen as a design classic the world over. Originally written in Swedish, the Moomintroll books have been translated into 34 languages and adapted for television, film, radio and opera. Tove Jansson lived alone on a small island in the gulf of Finland, where most of her books were written. She died in 2001.
JUNE CREBBIN is an ex-primary teacher, now a full-time writer. She is in great demand for author visits and runs very successful writing workshops in schools. June has written a wide range of children's books and writes poetry for children and adults. She lives in Leicester.
Barry Unsworth was born in 1930 in Durham. He was the author of many novels, including Pascali’s Island, which was shortlisted for the 1980 Booker Prize; Stone Virgin (1985); Sacred Hunger, which was joint winner of the 1992 Booker Prize; Morality Play, which was shortlisted for the 1995 Booker Prize; Losing Nelson (1999); The Songs of the King (2002); The Ruby in Her Navel (2006); Land of Marvels (2009); and The Quality of Mercy (2011), which was shortlisted for The Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction. Barry Unsworth died in 2012.
Simon Unsworth was born in Manchester and has achieved great success in the art of short story writing, having been published widely and nominated for both the World Fantasy Award and Edge Hill Short Story Collection prize.
Mike Unwin is an award-winning travel journalist and storyteller. Author of more than 30 books for children and adults, he is also a regular contributor to BBC Wildlife, Independent, The Telegraph.
Eleanor Updale has been writing books since the turn of the century. Before that she worked in radio and television: mainly on news programmes including The World at One and Newsnight. Eleanor's 'Montmorency' series has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, and Johnny Swanson was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards and won the Fantastic Book Award. You can find out more at www.eleanorupdale.com
John Updike was born in 1932 in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He is the author of over fifty books, including The Poorhouse Fair; the Rabbit series (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest); Marry Me; The Witches of Eastwick, which was made into a major feature film; Memories of the Ford Administration; Brazil; In the Beauty of the Lilies; Toward the End of Time; Gertrude and Claudius; and Seek My Face. He has written a number of collections of short stories, including The Afterlife and Other Stories and Licks of Love, which includes a final Rabbit story, Rabbit Remembered. His essays and criticism first appeared in publications such as the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, and are now collected into numerous volumes. Collected Poems 1953-1993 brings together almost all of his verse, and a new edition of his Selected Poems is forthcoming from Hamish Hamilton. His novels, stories, and non-fiction collections have won have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the American Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Award and the Howells Medal. Updike graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year at Oxford's Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of staff at the New Yorker, and he lived in Massachusetts from 1957 until his death in January 2009.
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